Dog Photography Photoshoot

Session Share. . ."Boogie"

During my short trip to Kentucky I had a wonderful opportunity to get back to my roots, and relax.  While there I had the request to perform a Dog’s of Summer Session for a beautiful 3-year-old Female Rottweiler, “Boogie”. 

She was a natural for the camera, always aware of where it was, and what was needed of her to show off her best side.  I was able to snap a few candid images as well.  This is something I think is very important for a photo session, it shows the true personality of the animal, the side usually only the family sees. 

Session’s like this is why I do what I do, this is one very loved pup, and it is so rewarding to give the family a forever memory with these photographs.

 

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Choosing the Right Photographer for the Job

So you’ve decided that you want to make the investment of a portrait session of your beloved 4-legged family member.  How do you go about choosing a photographer?  Where do you start? Below are a few steps to help you out along the way.

 

1.     Decide on a Style:

Every photographer has his/her on style that is what makes the profession so diverse.  You want to make sure your vision matches the photographer’s style.   Look through many portfolios, and narrow it down to a few you like.

 

2.     Set Up Interviews:

Once you have narrowed your selection, contact those you like and set up an interview.  This can be over the phone, Skype, or even in person, just make sure you get the one on one you need to see if your personalities mesh.  Remember it’s very important you like your photographer, this is someone that you will be working with closely to capture some special moments, and you want it to be pleasant for all involved. 

 

3.     Ask Questions:

Go over any questions you may have for them. Here are a few that you may want to ask:

1.     What are the sessions you offer? From pricing to what is included with each package.

2.     What is your animal experience? You want someone that will be comfortable with your pet.  If you know your pet has some quirky personality traits, please bring them up here, this will help with your choice

3.     What is the turn over time once the session is complete to review the gallery?  You want to be in the know for this, and not be waiting months for your photos.

 

These are just to get you thinking.

Any questions you have, please ask.  This will help alleviate any anxiety or worry about the session.

 

In the end you will choose the right photographer for you.  Once you find the photographer you love, keep them! Photographers enjoy the seeing the pets grow up and welcoming new furry members to the family. It helps eliminate the process of choosing a new photographer if you already have one you feel comfortable with and know that they will deliver to your expectations.

 

 

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So You Want Your Photo Session at the Top of the World's Largest Waterfall. . . Let's Talk. . .

Imagine a waterfall almost 11 football fields long by one football field high; this is the size of Victoria Falls in southern Africa! Yes, that would be one heck of a session setting, but lets talk for a second about setting up for the perfect location. 

Taking on the task of looking for the perfection location can be daunting.  No need to fear, below are a few pointers to take into consideration to find that perfect spot.

1.     What feel do you want?

Are you wanting simply beautiful or it tell a story? If you want somewhere that is unfamiliar, visit.  Take the pet; this will help for when the session day comes everyone is comfortable.

2.     How busy is the location?

If you want a very busy area, research different times to decrease the foot traffic.  This is help with ensuring you have less interruptions and more time with the camera.

3.     Is the location accessible safely by all parties? 

Most locations with some tweaking it’s possible to set up a location, but not all of the time and this should be taken under consideration.

4.     Is it safe on a personal level?

We touched on accessibility safety; also consider personal safety!  Is the area safe, or is there a high chance of being harmed or stolen from.  Sessions should not be conducted where someone’s personal well being is at risk.

5.     What if there is implementing weather?

This is always a possibility, and should be high on the list for consideration. If it rains or snows is there a shelter where the session could still take place?  Are you willing to withstand the elements to complete the shoot? Talk to your photographer if they are even willing to expose their gear to this scenario.

 

Extra tip: Parks are a great start!!! They can be huge, and there are nooks and crannies everywhere, go out and scout ahead.  Narrow it down to a few spots and visit different times of the day on different days of the week.  This will help with deciding on what the perfection location will be for your session. 

After reading this, and the world’s largest waterfall is still on the list, amazing!

Remember the possibilities are ENDLESS!!!

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